Train Rides

historic steam locomotive crossing over a bridge in a valley surround by trees
Steamtown's Baldwin 26 taking visitors through the Nay Aug Gorge

NPS Photo

Train rides cancelled for 2021 season

(Oct 2021 Update)

All train rides and excursions for the 2021 season have been cancelled due to COVID. The safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount. Prior to visiting the park, check the “Alerts” for up-to-date information on operations. We thank you for your understanding.

Our volunteer crews continue to work hard to complete their annual hands-on training required by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Northeast Operating Rules Advisory Committee (NORAC), and National Park Service (NPS). Steamtown’s train operations rely heavily on the commitment of our volunteers, and without them, these popular visitor services would not be possible. We thank our hardworking volunteers for their dedication. We are hopeful for a swift resolution and appreciate your patience.

In addition to training and annual certification requirements, operations at Steamtown NHS must follow federal policy and guidance as issued by the Department of the Interior (DOI). As such, Steamtown NHS works closely with the NPS Office of Public Health to monitor and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic using the latest science to support decision making. Masks are required for everyone, regardless of location or vaccination status, in all NPS buildings, crowded outdoor spaces, and all forms of enclosed public transportation. Individuals looking to get COVID-19 vaccine can visit vaccines.gov or text their zip code to 438829 to find a location close to them and make an appointment.

Please note: Visitor services available are subject to change depending on local (Lackawanna County) COVID-19 levels.

Short Train Rides

The "Scranton Limited" short train rides is a 3-mile, 30-minute round-trip ride which travels through the rail yards, crosses the Lackawanna River, passes the historic Radisson at Lackawanna Station hotel and stops at the University of Scranton before returning to the Steamtown boarding area. Rides are typically powered by a steam engine, but occasionally may be powered by a diesel engine.

The cost for the "Scranton Limited" short train ride is $5.00 per person, ages 6 and older. On Sundays, if we operate to the tunnel, also known as “The Gorge,” “Nay Aug Ltd.” or “Nay Aug Gorge,” the ride usually lasts about 45 to 50 minutes.

The Caboose Experience

The Caboose Experience is a short 15-20-minute ride in our historic caboose within the park boundaries. It gives visitors a chance to experience what life was like at the back of the train. Visitors can even experience riding in the Copula of the caboose. The Caboose Experience is included in the $5 Scranton Limited ticket.

Excursion Train Rides

You can watch this space for our trips and excursions when it becomes available for the season, for planning of your visit as well as information about our fees and passes. Locations and destinations are subject to change.

PLEASE NOTE: Our train cars are antiques and are not equipped with heat or air conditioning. Please be sure to dress accordingly.

 

Refund Policy

In the event you miss your Short Train Ride (yard shuttle), we can put you on the next shuttle as long as the train is not sold out or was the last train of the day. If you miss the train for a special event or excursion program, tickets cannot be refunded or transferred and you are responsible for getting transportation back to your point of origin.

Last updated: October 8, 2021

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150 South Washington Avenue
Scranton, PA 18503-2018

Phone:

570-340-5200
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